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Northern California Spring Break Family Vacations Include Dinosaurs, Cable Cars, and Fishes. Fun and learning go hand in hand during spring breaks in Northern California making it easy to create delightful family adventures. Hunt for dinosaurs in Oakland or bike across the Golden Gate. Watch seals at Pier39 or laugh with the fishes at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Best of all spring break is the time making discoveries and sharing in the fun stuff with your kids.

I have assembled a few of the best spring break family vacation ideas for your perusal and there are many more in our 
Spring Breaks family vacation folder. 
San Francisco Cable Car AdventureOakland: Discover dinosaurs and try dim sum. Oakland is a comfortable spot for families who want to share a connection with science. Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland Hills is the main draw with its focus is on astronomy and the space sciences. The facility is a WOW! All the fun is included in one spot. It features state-of-the-art exhibitions, observatory, planetarium, theater and interactive exhibits, all geared to learning together. Glimpse into the life of an astronaut; crawl into a black hole; see what happens when galaxies collide; take a simulated Moon-walk; gaze through the Chabot telescopes.  Bonus points: One of the theater options is DINOSAURS ALIVE- a global adventure of science and discovery that follows American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) paleontologists as they explore some of the greatest dinosaur finds in history. Wait for it! This is the home of Bill Nye's Climate Lab featuring new games and activities, new avatars, and new ways to earn and use Climate Lab points (10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA. (510) 336-7300 or  Eating out!  Sometimes eating out can be part of the adventure and while pizza may be a sure thing, I suggest Legendary Palace in Chinatown for dim sum. The atmosphere is comfortable, family friendly, and slightly chaotic. The egg tarts are hot and sweet; chase pork buns - yummier; sticky rice - the best; fried shrimp balls- scrumptious. (708 Franklin St. between 7th & 8th St. Oakland, CA. (510) 663-9188)

Monterey Bay Aquarium Family Adventures
Monterey Bay: See fishes, jellies, and touch mantas. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a splendid spot to share discoveries. The programs are varied and the exhibitions always awesome because their mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans and they continue to demonstrate their commitment with amazing exhibitions and innovative ways for parents and grandparents to share the wonders of the sea with their children. No two visits will ever be the same because the interactions with bat rays and sea stars in the touch pools cannot be duplicated. Bonus points: It is possible to go behind-the-scenes with aquarium experts; get a diver’s-eye view of marine life; feed an abalone or a sea urchin – how cool! Where to eat? 'Cindy's Waterfront' Restaurant on site will be open by spring 2013. The menu follows Seafood Watch guidelines, and partners with local producers for seasonal, sustainable and organic produce, dairy and proteins. (Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940. (831) 648-4800

Content researched and posted by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files. Images provided from Family Travel Files archives and Monterey Aquarium. Copyright 2015.

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